Kishtwar Medical Officer suspended for dereliction of duty

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Jammu: Authorities have suspended a medical officer and terminated the services of two employees for alleged dereliction of duty at a health centre in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.

Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana gave the order yesterday against the three persons posted at a primary health centre (PHC) in Chatroo, an official said today.

The action was taken on the basis of an inquiry that found most of the staff absent at the centre during working hours and one woman brought in injured condition was denied treatment without any proper reason, the official said.

Based on the preliminary enquiry, the district commissioner terminated the services of Sanjeev Sharma and Mohammad Ishaq, engaged under National Health Mission (NHM); and recommended termination of a permanent junior X-Ray technician, Sunil Kumar, he said.

The medical officer of the health centre, Shafqat Javeed Zargar, was suspended for allowing nine employees to go on leave, which affected the healthcare delivery system in the PHC, he added.